Gill FrancesHappy birthday to the Sex Education Forum – congratulations and well done for 25 years of service. I was there at the beginning of the Forum and hope we finally succeed to secure SRE for all of our children and young people before I die.

Mum was a family planner who made sure I knew about sex because she was appalled by young people’s lack of knowledge. I arrived in London in 1967, cut 10 inches off my skirt and almost immediately became an informal and untrained peer sex educator. My long career in sex education had begun!

Looking back, there is much to celebrate. We have been  successful in getting sex education guidance produced, getting rid of the hateful Section 28,  developing  resources for primary schools and the care sector, addressing SRE for boys,  considering faith and culture issues of SRE  and supporting the teenage pregnancy strategy.

Nonetheless in…

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